Before you leave for that long-overdue vacation you’ve been dreaming of for
months, here are some items to cross off your to-do list before you head out:
Alert your credit card company.
To ensure your credit card works while you’re traveling, your credit card company needs to know your travel plans. If you've waited this long though, you may have to call instead of submitting an online
Contact your cell phone company.
Traveling abroad? Call your service provider to help you set up the cheapest plan for making calls, texts and accessing Internet from your smartphone.
Confirm all reservations.
Double-check all your reservations: your flight, hotel, car rental, restaurants, attractions, and any other services or experiences you've planned. You don't want any surprises at a check-in counter.
If you have access to a printer, it's not a bad idea to print out confirmations. If you don't, write down confirmation numbers (and customer service phone numbers) and keep the paper easily accessible in your wallet or carry-on.
Make advance payments on bills that have due dates during your trip.
Don’t want to get hit with late fees? Make sure all credit cards, housing expenses (e.g., rent, utilities), and other monthly bills will be paid on
Check the weather.
This may seem like an obvious one, but “many travelers forget to do it,” said Levent. Check the forecast for your destination and your hometown when you'll be returning, and pack appropriately.
Eat, throw out, or give away any perishable food.
The last thing you want is to return home to a stinky fridge.
Leave an itinerary with a friend or family member.
Your emergency contact should have a copy of your travel plans.
Clean out your wallet.
Sift through your wallet and remove any items you don’t need on your trip. Leave loyalty cards, gift cards, extra credit cards, and any other unnecessary contents at home.
Place a hold on your mail/newspaper delivery.
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